Buying the Right Room Humidifier for Your Needs

Winter is just around the corner and that means drier air, itchy skin, chapped lips, and many other less-than-comfortable symptoms. Running a room humidifier in your home may help to keep humidity levels at a more comfortable level as you heat your home throughout the season. 

That said, buying a humidifier can be a daunting task. With many features and models to choose from, it’s hard to decide which suits your needs best. For that reason, the article below divulges a few strategic tips to help you find the best humidifier for your needs. 

Warm or Cool Mist Humidifiers?

When it comes to room humidifiers, you have two options: warm mist or cool mist. Cool mist humidifiers put out a mist that’s room temperature, whereas a warm mist model boils the water before expelling it into the air. While the warm mist version kills bacteria in the water before you have a chance to breathe it in, the extreme temperatures may be a safety concern if you have small children or pets. 

Steam or Ultrasonic?

Humidifiers expel water into the air in one of two ways: steam or ultrasonic mist. The steam version requires heat to boil the water that it then releases as steam. The ultrasonic version creates a fine mist without heat, which many consider safer. Of course, you’ll likely pay a higher price for an ultrasonic humidifier. 


Humidifiers come in a wide range of sizes. Some models are small and portable, holding just a gallon or two of water. Other models, considered console models, are free-standing units on wheels that hold gallons of water. These units are considered “whole house” models rather than room humidifiers. 

To determine which type of humidifier is best for your needs, first decide if you want to add moisture to a single room or to multiple rooms at once. Then, figure out the square footage of the area and purchase a model that covers the space you want to add humidity in. 

The Added Cost of Convenience

Many single room humidifiers have little control over moisture levels other than low, medium, and high fan speeds. You must monitor the humidity levels in the room yourself and turn the unit off and on as needed. 

If you’re looking for something you don’t have to manually control like that, look for a humidifier with a built-in hygrometer and humidistat so you can set it to detect specific moisture levels and turn itself on and off to maintain those levels. Again, you’ll pay more for these conveniences. 

Another feature of convenience to consider is tank size. The larger the tank on the humidifier, the fewer times you’ll need to fill it. A one-gallon reservoir, for instance, will run for 12 hours or more on low, but on high, you’ll need to fill it at least once every eight hours. Room humidifiers come in a variety of sizes, with the larger capacity ones costing more, so take this into consideration when choosing one for your home.